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The Phillies are 32-45. They went 2-5 last week. They closed out their home stand with a loss against Arizona then went 1-2 in both Minnesota and San Francisco. Their win against the Giants came against Bumgarner. Go figure.
The offense came alive recently. During the last week, they won a game scoring 3 runs, but lost games where they scored 7, 4, 5, and 10 runs.
They finish their road trip with 3 in Arizona. Then come home to face Kansas City and Atlanta.
The Phillies’ pitching still ranks in the middle of the NL pack in most categories.
Their offensive stats are at or near the bottom in most categories.
So, what’s up with Aaron Nola? Three bad outings in a row. Can’t get past the fourth inning. Maybe skip a start? He’s throwing a lot of pitches. And, he’s still early in his career. So, maybe a little break before the All Star break and a little better care with his arm in the second half? (Watch now, 2-hit complete game shutout against the Braves. I have that effect on players when I say something. Most recently, I told a scout that Malquin Canelo doesn’t hit enough even with his good glove. He went 2-3 with a triple, 2 BB, 3 RBI, and 4 runs scored that night. And is hitting .350 since.)
A friend of mine did a study on Nola. He noticed and shared the following with me:
Percentage of strikes – April 70.1%, May 66.5%, June 61.8%
Pitches per inning – April 13.7, May 15.2, June 21.4
The Phillies have the 4th worst record in baseball. They picked up 5 games on the Braves in the past week and a half, but still trail by 5.0 games. Watch out for Tampa. They are in free fall and are in the midst of an 11-game losing streak and are only .003 points better than the Phillies.